Investing in innovation
One of the largest construction sites managed by general contractor HRS Real Estate SA – Crissier in Switzerland is the ‘Quartier de l’Innovation’ at EPFL (Technical University) in Lausanne.
As part of a PPP project, the University is constructing five buildings with a total 27,000 square metres of office and laboratory space, to be used by national and international companies within close vicinity of the campus.
The EPFL will conduct a careful selection process for the companies seeking to lease space at various subject-based hubs (medtech/biotech, greentech, information and communication technologies) in the Quartier de l’Innovation. The basic prerequisite for successfully gaining a lease is a scientific partnership with EPFL.
The project dimensions are out of the ordinary; with a large number of technical subcontractors, the order volume to be processed, transferred and documented is huge. For the general contractor, which is playing a key role throughout the entire execution phase, communication and traceability are extremely important, and this is precisely where the online project collaboration platform think project! is proving to be a central and indispensable instrument for carrying out the work.
More room for education
As the winner of a multidisciplinary competition, baumag generalbau ag was commissioned with the conversion of a former furniture factory into a new building for the University of Lausanne, estimated at around 80 million euros.
Once completed, the building will accommodate the students, professors and researchers of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences from the winter semester of 2012.
As the result of a multidisciplinary invitation to tender, the Geopolis project – put forward jointly by Itten + Brechbühl AG, Lausanne, and the total contractor baumag generalbau ag, Lausanne – received first prize.
From the commencement of the 2012 winter semester the new building, with over 28,000 square metres of floor space, will be at the disposal of the faculties’ students, professors and researchers.
One of the greatest challenges is communication
The online project collaboration platform think project! enables the participants in this project to structure their entire communications – including the administration of all documents, drawings, plans and meeting minutes. All information is stored centrally and will remain accessible in years to come. Upon conclusion of the project, all material will be consolidated clearly and transparently to form complete documentation. This can then be provided for ongoing maintenance of the building.
Premium-class high-rise building
The Prime Tower, which is being built on the grounds of a former cogwheel factory – and which is to be Zurich West’s new landmark – is destined to become the highest building in Switzerland.
|Floor space: approx. 40,000 m²|
|Height: 126 metres|
|Investment: approx. 233 mio euros (for all four buildings)|
|Completion: planned for 2011|
As an irregular octagon with fine projections of varying sizes, the high-rise building appears different from every side and every distance.
An investment project like Prime Tower requires careful, accurate and high-quality conceptual work in architecture and design. Managing planning processes during construction is made more difficult due to the huge volume of data involved, so ARGE Prime Tower architects decided to use a central online project platform for the execution of a project of this scale – providing interlinked and economical planning.
Thanks to the online project platform, ARGE Prime Tower can ensure that all the latest information is available at all times. In addition, they can check who received which planning documents and when, for example. This helps to prevent omissions, and all processing steps for a document are recorded transparently.
Karl Steiner AG constructed a new living precint with the support of think project!
General contractor, Karl Steiner AG, constructed a new living precinct on the site of a former paper factory in Zurich. think project! ensured more efficient project management.
From 2003 to 2007, Karl Steiner AG was the general contractor responsible for one of the largest private construction sites in Switzerland. Sihlcity is a new residential, shopping and dining precinct in the south of Zurich offering a broad range of leisure and entertainment options including restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas, a cultural centre, health and fitness area, hotel, shopping mall and service areas.
Project space used for Sihlcity
Sihlcity was one of the first large projects in which Steiner used an online collaboration platform for more efficient project management. Introduced at the Steiner firm in 2002 for individual projects, think project! was adapted in 2003 to the project-specific requirements of the Sihlcity project and enhanced accordingly.
Working towards a company standard
Following its positive experience during the Sihlcity project, Steiner decided to use think project! for all of its large projects. Working with Philip Doka, area manager at Steiner Zurich and senior project manager for Sihlcity, think project!’s network partner in Switzerland, OLMeRO, developed a cross-company implementation concept to define how think project! would best be integrated into the firm’s existing infrastructure.
Karl Steiner AG decided to introduce the project platform gradually for all its larger construction projects.